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20 October 2013 @ 09:09 am
Budgie stuff mostly  
I wanted to post last night but it was so hot. Something happened to our plugs in the bathrooms where we've been running the fans and now they don't turn on. We had to get an extension chord from the other room which is annoying. I'll have to call the electrician to look at it but not til next month when we return. We even reset the circuit breakers so I don't know why that's happened but the light in the bathrooms still works.

Had kind of a bad start to the day yesterday. Went to feed outside budgies and found Blu, Bullet's mother dead in the food bowl. I noticed the day before she was fluffy and I thought it was because I had taken the bowls out to clean the cage. I put the back in. Her mate was fluffy too but they all got food. He was fine but she had died. Her breast was normal so she wasn't underweight or starved. I don't know what happened. It only bothered me a little because it was Bullet's mom and this is the first budgie that came to the house and I caught. It also reminded me of when I had Phage and he had Dewdrop as his first mate and they only had Protist with her then she died. The Phage line is mostly through Seagrass's kids. I don't have good records so I don't remember which babies are Protist's and which are Seagrass. I don't know if Bullet is related to Protist. If Protist is a direct ancestor (great aunt or something) or not. I had forgotten about the Gaus babies Alex gave me that were a different line from my awesome English budgie Gaus. I mixed the lines and called it the Gage babies since they are mix of Gaus and Phage. I'll have to repair that male now. Though I'd like to really breed Tesla and Optic. Optic had an accident a few weeks ago. I think she got out when the ceiling fan was on and got chopped by it. Her leg broke. I was pretty sad about that. But it's healing now and she can almost put her full weight on it. I hope it will set right so she can stand and mate. I worry she may not be able to mate and have babies. But I have been surprised by birds before. I thought Winger the pigeon would never mate again with his one wing only but he did and produced a few babies before passing on.

But Bullet herself is doing great. No flying yet. And I'm worried she hasn't weaned though she does nibble pellets, seeds and millet sprays. I just don't think it's getting in her. The baby pigeon eats on his own which is wonderful.

The trip is this Saturday. I'm getting very nervous about the few things that need to be done still. The bathrooms are clean thank goodness. But I still need to buy a pumpkin and supplies since I want to make that pie for Mike. I need to call him and have him come over and show him what to do. We need to set up the garage for Henrietta though she's been very good lately and hasn't been jumping the fence. I wish she would behave like the others.

I got this great pic of Bullet yesterday that my friends really liked.



She's looking at the art of herself. I love that she's looking at the side view and is in almost the same pose. I think she liked it.

And I got some major writing done yesterday. I finished the scene with George and Malidicus's first encounter. I wanted to write so much more and start the next story but it was so hot I couldn't do anything. We decided to have a Halloween night so we watched the old movie Love at First Bite. A very funny Dracula movie that takes place in the 70's. I love it and it made an impression on me as a kid because Dracula wins.

Chris has been playing GTA V online. I enjoy watching him. These violent games are so funny. But lately he's been playing like me looking for cool places to take pics of. That's how I've been playing Red Dead lately though I think I've gotten all the creative pics I can on that.

I hope I can get some writing done today. May-be on my laptop in the living room. I'm glad the house is pretty much done. I need to upload the night Halloween pics.

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actipton80actipton80 on October 20th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
I think Bullet is from Seagrass's line, because she and Phage gave you Peep. You bred Peep to the Gaus daughter and got Tesla and his siblings from them. Tesla's brother is Bullet's dad. Poor Blu. You don't know how old she was though. Also, I hope little Optic gets better. Tesla could give you more lacewings through her if they can mate, since he carries lacewing.

I love that picture of Bullet. She's doing that cute budgie lean and stretch that they do when they like something.
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on October 20th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, got to be from SeaGrass. I just don't remember which babies are from Protist. I really wish Tesla would have babies. He's getting kind of old. Poor Optic. She's so cute. I don't know how old Blu was because she was an adult when she came here.

It's so cute. I'm glad she liked her own drawings.
actipton80actipton80 on October 20th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
I know that all the Peep/Protist babies looked like little Phages. Did you have any other Phage lookalikes before you bred those two?
Des: Hummmthagirion on October 20th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Yes I have a bunch of Phage look alikes. They might be the Peep/Protist babies. I have one that's a pair that gave me whites and light yellows but all those babies were killed that year the corn snakes got on the patio. I'd like to breed them again too before they get too old.
Sariherecirm on October 20th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
Haha, such a cool photo! She is a cutie. :)

Sorry to hear about Blu, that's really sad. :( What do you mean when you talk about them being fluffy - is that usually a sign that they're ill?
Des: Darwin My Budgiethagirion on October 20th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks. She's very cute. :D

Thanks. Yeah when birds are fluffy and puffed up all the time they are sick. The eyes looks sad and they sit all lethargic. Unfortunately all illnesses look like this so it's hard to say what's wrong. Healthy birds have tight feathers and only puff to reposition feathers or if they are cold.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Cool Zoraksilvolf on October 20th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
That's sad about Blu. One of my guinea pigs isn't drinking and he's dehydrated. I'm worried since I don't know how old he is. He was a rescue. I've had him about 4 years and he's so sweet.
Bullet is really cute there. I love how curious budgies are.
I want to see the night Halloween pics! That's the best time to see Halloween stuff in my opinion :D
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on October 20th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was so sudden. No real time to do anything about it. But she left me an awesome baby. Aw, sorry to hear about your guinea pig. When you get an older pet like that and don't know their history it's hard to help them.

She's a very sweet cute budgie. She flew for the first time today. Surprised both of us. I'm very surprised that a female is this friendly. Even Protist wasn't like this.
Ok, I'll see about posting them tonight then. Our house looks nice.
earthmother45earthmother45 on October 21st, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about Blu dying. But you are right, she gave you a great new little one. I'm glad you explained what "fluffy" means. I was going to ask you that, too.

When you talked about writing, I suddenly remembered that I have a proof read story I did for you. I'll try and find it and send it on to you soon. Sorry about forgetting about it.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on October 21st, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
It's ok. I wasn't attached to her but it was still a sudden unpleasant surprise. Yes she did fulfill her role great by producing Bullet. I just made a new post and explained "fluffy" a little better with photos of a sick budgie.

That's ok, but yes please. I'd love to have that proofed. I'm still so behind on the art for it which is why I haven't really brought it up. I need to look at it again as I think I left out an important section so if I did I'll add it and then send you the revised version.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on October 21st, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
That sucks about the power points in your bathroom. oh well, it will just have to wait until you get home from your holidays. Electricians are expensive, too.

I'm sorry about Bullet's mother. Maybe it's just as well you pulled Bullet when you did. I hope her mate is okay. Bullet really does look like she is looking at those pics of her. She is such an intelligent budgie.

I think watching Love at First Bite would have been a good thing to do seeing as it was too hot to do anything else.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on October 21st, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah doesn't make sense because the lights still work. There's just so little time I don't think it's worth it to call an electrician right now, though I really want to. Luckily we know someone Chris did a leak detection for and he can give us a good rate.

Yeah, I'm so happy she produced Bullet at least. The mate seems to be doing good. Yeah she has fun looking at the pics.

It was nice to watch a funny movie like that in the dark. At night the bedroom is one of the cooler rooms. The temps change in the house as the sun goes across it.